Alas, the Westin did not make it easy to get the bag into one of their freezers. In the past my wife and I had a much larger suitcase full of frozen food that they froze without issue, so I didn’t even think of calling to make sure they would be able to do it for this trip. There was a solid hour while various employees pushed back (liability issues, etc) until AJK took over and decided to stop being Mr. Nice Guy and somehow that unlocked all the doors. Maybe any problems I encounter when traveling only occur when I smile too much? [AJK: Step 1) be assertive, Step 2) “may I speak with your manager?” Step 3) … Step 4) Profit.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu
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AJK then smartly asked Joseph if he wouldn’t mind changing the Tokyo-Chicago-Newark flight to the Tokyo-JFK nonstop. [AJK: When you get an agent as good as Joseph, you make sure to leave it all out on the floor 😛 ] ANA award space from Tokyo-Chicago is much easier to find then Tokyo-JFK, but as Joseph was rebooking us in a revenue fare class that didn’t matter at all. He happily rebooked us to the JFK flight and booked a connection from Newark-Cleveland for me with enough time to grab dinner in Manhattan along the way. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
[AJK: Frankly, it was harder to secure a shower than I thought it would be. Perhaps it’s just me, but I expected that passengers flying First should have priority over those flying Business, but apparently it’s first come, first serve, regardless of class. That said, being assertive worked and I was finally given shower room. Mid-shampoo, when I heard final boarding call for our ANA flight back to New York, I jumped out of the shower and high-tailed it to the gate, which fortunately was only a couple minutes away.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 4: Tokyo, Japan And Back Home In ANA First Class
Vivian, the United checkin agent in Koror, was amused that we wanted duplicate boarding passes, and even more amused when we started telling her about our island hopper adventures. Turns out she was the gate agent as well and we talked about everything from missing the flight to Palau to the reduction in flights from Guam (since that time more Guam flights have been cut). She said she just prays that Smisek doesn’t cut Palau off from the network. With Delta making a play for the Japanase market with twice weekly nonstop service from Tokyo to Koror, the locals were worried what that would mean for United. But Vivian promised to get us out on time and have us make our connection to Tokyo. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 3: Koror, Palau And Jellyfish Lake
Deck 1 has the engine room, which is off-limits to passengers. Deck 2 has the presentation room that we used as our shul. The ship set it up with a mechitza that was perfect for our needs. It also houses the ship’s infirmary. Deck 3 houses the triple cabins, as well as the mud rooms and zodiac boat exits from where we would change into boots and leave on Antarctic expeditions. Deck 4 has the twin cabins, the ship’s boutique, and the main dining room. Deck 5 has the superior and superior plus cabins, as well as the lounge, bar, and an aft observation deck. Deck 6 has the suites, the Bistro with its indoor and heated outdoor seating, the ship’s bridge, and an aft observation deck. Deck 7 has the pool, hot tub, exercise room, and the library with expansive views forward. Deck 8 is the main forward observation deck. Most decks have indoor and outdoor portions. During calm seas the outdoors were great, but it can get very windy and you’ll be glad for wearing lots of … [Read more...] about Antarctica Trip Notes Part 3: Diverted To The Falkland Islands!
Currently you can use United miles or miles from other Star Alliance airlines to fly between Singapore and Auckland, New Zealand on the A380 Singapore suites. The cost with United miles is just 65K miles each way. You would need 80K Singapore miles to book the same flight. … [Read more...] about You Can Currently Redeem United Or Star Alliance Miles For Singapore Suites On Select Routes